The First Face service refers to a uniquely created surgical procedure including fat grafting, and skin tightening for someone who is just reaching the point in life, maybe 30’s, maybe 40’s, when they will benefit from having their first aesthetic intervention. It also refers to the idea that we try to restore the face to its first or original appearance.
When the face first begins to encounter age-related and environmental influences, there are several predictable changes we can expect to witness. Not everyone ages in the same exact way, because their adult structure and genetics are different, and because their lifestyles and habits are different. But there some common elements to everyone’s de-evolution.
Skin loses its tightness. We rub it, we sunburn it, we sleep on it, we stretch it when we gain weight, and cry, and get swollen with infection, or retain water after too much alcohol or soy sauce.
The face also loses volume. Subcutaenous fat decreases in mass when we stay at a stable weight, or obviously when we lose weight. Eventually we also lose bone mass in the cheeks and jaw and chin.
Our facial features don’t immediately melt off. Instead we suffer subtle softening in the crisp position of the eyebrow. We get eye puffiness which lasts longer and longer in the morning. Our rosy proud cheeks flatten a bit. We acquire a tired or angry countenance.
When these basic changes are addressed early on, we have found that we can better control visible aging- in a gentler, more predictable, easier to recover from manner. The First Face approach involves a careful and honest analysis of the subtle, early signs of aging already underway. A limited, gentle plan is created which restores volume, relaxes aggressive features, and tightens lax surface tensions.
We could let these changes evolve to the point where only a radical, comprehensive intervention can reverse time. And many patients still do. However it becomes increasingly difficult to produce a natural result, the longer we wait to intervene.
The First Face procedure is custom tailored, much like the Mommy Makeover, to address those specific individual needs, created by the early changes of the aging face.
The First Face often starts with a fat transfer technique to restore some lost volume to the cheeks, midface, temples, brow, or lips. We then tailor the eyelids if necessary, and tweak eyebrow position if needed. We often, then tighten the cheek and lower face with a limited facelift technique.
No patient receives exactly the same maneuvers in their First Face, just as no patient has exactly the same issues or goals.
The goal of the First Face is to create a natural freshening up of the facial features and proportions, to erase the appearance of fatigue, or stress with a limited amount of downtime. We take a maybe-not-yet-ready-for-surgery face, and turn it into a doesn’t-need-a-thing face..